History is one of the best education someone can have on helping them strategize and learn about the future. Some people will say that history itself is our best teacher. But what happens when people have differing opinions on history? Who is right and who is wrong? The saying “history is defined by the winners” in a lot of ways explains how past events are deciphered and told. Historical omissions can appear as some people deny certain facts and evidence. And at times, they may have points. There are as people say, “two sides to every story.” However, some facts are difficult to overlook and when it comes to World War II and the actions that took place, it is mind-boggling that some people have a hard time coming to terms with the events that took place; namely, the Holocaust.
The Holocaust is a word in Greek which means “sacrifice by fire.” In relation to World War II itself, the Holocaust was a systematic and state-sponsored persecution and the murder of over six million people by the Nazi regime in Germany; most of which were people of Jewish decent. The explanation of why this all occurred is equally a head-scratcher. The company line in Germany basically stated that the Jews were inferior to the more racially superior Germans and therefore were somehow a threat that needed to be exterminated.
The atrocities occurred in concentration camps where mass murders took place. There were thousands upon thousands of witnesses, mass graves where varying stages of decaying bodies were found, video footage of German “experiments” and horrifying accounts. Yet, there are people who are of great prominence who deny the Holocaust ever happened. Their beliefs are terribly misguided and cling to strangely worded false assumptions.
These are 10 Prominent People Who Deny The Holocaust Ever Happened.
10 Mohammed Mahdi Akef - The Myth Of The Holocaust
It’s not easy to be a politician in the Middle East. Many of them have to show a strong hand and most Arab leaders actively denounce Israel and the Jewish religion as a whole. Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Leader, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, describes the atrocities of World War II as “the myth of the Holocaust.” His goal was to defend comments made by the leader of Iran at the time, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
9 Bobby Fischer - Anti-Semitic Chess Legend
Chess great Bobby Fischer is known for a lot of things. The controversial figure was a chess genius and amazingly brought home the title to the United States during a very difficult time in politics. Fischer started off as the youngest grandmaster and the youngest candidate for the World Championship at the incredible age of 15. By 20, he won the US Championship with the only perfect score ever recorded in the tournament’s history. In 1972, Fischer defeated Boris Spassky of the former USSR to captured the World Chess Championship. The match was publicized as a Cold War confrontation, injecting politics into a game Fischer had no interest in merging with political undertones.
8 Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The former Iranian President has become the poster-child for Holocaust denial in many ways. The sixth President of Iran is a political force in his country. He also speaks out with a heavy hand concerning the Holocaust and has widely been quoted by other leaders in the Middle East who cling to Ahmadinejad’s views. Ahmadinejad stated: “They have fabricated a legend under the name of the Massacre of the Jews and they hold it higher than God himself, religion itself and the prophets themselves.” Ahmadinejad continued on with, “if somebody in their country questions God, nobody says anything, but if somebody denies the myth of the massacre of Jews, the Zionist loudspeakers and their governments in the pay of Zionism will start to scream.”
7 Khaled Mashaal - Whatever Iran Believes, I Believe
The Islamic organization Hamas is the military wing of Palestine and branches out across the Middle East. Palestine and Israel don’t exactly get along. There is constant fighting over territory and things can get pretty terrifying and bloody. So it comes as little surprise that Hamas’s political leader, Khaled Mashaal, describes comments made by Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as “courageous.” In Ahmadinejad’s denial over the Holocaust, Mashaal chimed in with “Muslim people will defend Iran because it voices what they have in their hearts, in particular, the Muslim People.”
6 Roeland Raes - Gas Chambers Were Barely Used
We finally break free of the Arab world for a moment to bring in Roeland Raes of Belgium. In 2001, the ideologue and vice president of the political party Vlaams Belang (formerly Vlaams Blok, Flemish Bloc…for those keeping score at home) gave a rousing interview on Dutch television in which he started to question the number of Jews actually murdered by the Nazis during the Holocaust. When you question how many murders took place, you still are sort of admitting they happened though…right?
5 Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - I Don't Recall It Happening
Back to the Middle East! Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader of Iran, made extraordinary statements in an official address in 2013. He questioned the legitimacy of the Holocaust, remarking that “the Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it’s uncertain how it has happened.”
4 Arthur Butz - The Hoax Of The 20th Century
Holocaust deniers are not restricted just to Arab leaders in the Middle East. Arthur Butz is an associate professor of electrical engineering at Northwestern University and author of The Hoax of the Twentieth Century. The book is focused on questioning the validity of the Holocaust. Butz achieved tenure at the school in 1974. So when he expresses hateful views, he pretty much is protected. In fact, the departments who work with Butz have signed a censure describing his Holocaust denial as “an affront to our humanity and our standards as scholars.”
3 David Irving - Misrepresented The Facts
English author David Irving has written numerous books on the history of World War II, and especially Nazi Germany. His early books were helmed as probative pieces of literature. His in-depth research led to the unearthing of new historical documents from the war. However, when it became apparent that Irving was a Holocaust denier, the crap hit the fan. He was discredited as a historian. Other historians, namely, Deborah Lipstadt of Penguin Books, reviewed Irving’s work and proved he misrepresented historical evidence in order to promote Holocaust denial.
2 Bradley R. Smith - Tried To Brainwash Students
Bradley R. Smith founded the Committee for Open Debate on the Holocaust (CODOH). Smith was a former media director of the Institute of Historical Review. The CODOH has repeatedly placed advertisements attempting to question where the Holocaust happened. Smith and the CODOH have targeted college campus newspapers which have, at times, rejected the advertisements. Smith was even able to get an ad in the Harvard Crimson in 2009. Shortly after, the editor had to issue an apology over the publication. Smith explained his new tactics were to go to colleges with his Holocaust denial. “I don’t want to spend time with adults anymore, I want to go to students. They are superficial. They are empty vessels waiting to be filled,” he said.
1 David Duke - Elected Politician Who Hates Jews
How does an anti-Semite make his way into American politics and get elected? Well, you just have to head deep into the South and you can pretty much do anything. David Duke was a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. He also was able to win an election in Louisiana as a Republican State Representative. Duke describes himself as a “racial realist.” He believes people have a right to preserve their own heritage. Duke also believes there is a Jewish control of the Federal Reserve Bank, the federal government and the media. It’s shocking he never won re-election and lost every other one of his attempted campaigns.
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